Tags: AB, Advanced Bionics, BEA, Bionic Ear, Cochlear Implants, MP3, Naida CI Q70, neptune, The future, Water Resistant
It is 3 years now since I got my AB Harmony Processor switched on! 3 YEARS! Time has flown. Those three years have been a real rollercoaster of a ride. I still wish I had never had the misfortune of losing my hearing suddenly and admittedly those days are tough. Thank fully those days are lessening and it is thanks to my CI that I have been able to lead a pretty normal life since.
So, whats been going on? I have made some really cool new friends among the CI world and had the pleasure recently to meet up with some at the BEA Annual Meeting in York last month. It was at this gathering we were able to have a proper hands on play with the new processor that AB have released. There has been a lot of talk about it in the CI world and it was really exciting to see it in the flesh and get a proper explanation from the AB pro’s as to what it can actually do!
One of the most pleasing things about it is it’s size! IT’S 40% SMALLER! I have never had a problem with the current processors size. My wife tells me I have big ears! The Naida CI is so small and lightweight that when I tried it on it didn’t feel like I had it on at all. This is fantastic for all people with smaller ears than me and that includes children. Any parents looking to get 1 or 2 CI’s for their child should really consider the Naida.
I took some pictures so you can see for yourselves what it(and it’s extras) look like.
There is plenty more to shout about this new processor so if you want any more info then just click on the pictures above or follow this LINK 🙂
Now – by using the Phonak ComPilot you will be able to connect to all your gadgets wirelessly! The Naida processor has 5 programme slot so, if you are like me and want a programme for every eventuality then this is great.
In simple terms, when wearing this ComPilot around your neck (under you clothing if you wish to hide it) you can then connect directly to any Bluetooth connected gadget. Listen to music on your smartphone and if a call comes in that is sent straight to your CI too. Connect to computers, tablets, phones, TV’s (with the Phonak TV Link) and even Sat Navs too!
So, what’s next on the horizon!!
Well the eagle eyed of you (in the CI world) may have noticed that the headpiece on the Naida is the same headpiece as you get with the Neptune CI. (See previous posts). Well, there is a very good reason for this. As I have said before…….the Neptune is the only 100% waterproof CI on the market. The clever bods at AB have linked the two CI’s (Naida and Neptune) and used the same headpiece for both. The reason for this is that it wont be long before an AQUA PACK accessory will be released to use with the Naida. This will not be some disposable bag that some other designs have but a fully water proof plastic case to fit the Nadia and protect it from the water. As the headpiece has a microphone itself and is water proof it can then be used to play in the water too!! Amazing!! I can’t say any more on this as I haven’t seen it but I can tell you its coming!
Well, if you’ve read this far…….well done and thanks!!
I’ll update more info as it comes through.
Tags: children, CI, neptune, parents, sound in water cochlear implants, water proof, water proof implant
Well, it’s been one hell of a journey to get to where I am now on the hearing front. I haven’t blogged for a long time as I have been busy living. Progress in the last 12 months has not been that noticeable but then I achieved so much in my first 2 years that I’m not sure I can get any better.
I don’t need any maps as I’ve found my sweet spots and when I went back for my annual testing last week they didn’t bother testing me as I’d scored 100% on all the test bar hearing in sound without lips which was 80%.
Any way……enough bragging………lets move on to the interesting stuff.
I have been asked by my hospital to trial the new NEPTUNE from Advanced Bionics!! Now when it comes to taking the kids swimming or going on holiday my heart has always sunk at the thought of not hearing in the water. These days could well be over. The NEPTUNE is the ONLY waterproof cochlear implant device that lets you swim, go under water, shower……….or whatever takes your fancy with water!! How amazing is that!!
I have it for 3 months to trial. I’m due in the pool next week so will update on the swimming etc then but for now it is important to review this for an every day use aswell.
It comes in this snazzy little case
The Neptune (not water proofed)
It ends up half its original size and simply clips onto goggles or swim cap or other accessories such as an arm band that the unit sits in when swimming.
The Neptune (water proofed)
You then have a water proof headpiece that you use (you can see that in the main picture above).
It sounds a bit fiddly and there is the obvious down side of not being able to adjust the volume or programmes while it’s water proofed but this is all out weighed by the fact that it enables children, parents of children and any one who wants to hear in water the ability do so.
Now, in order to review it properly as to whether it can replace the behind the ear CI I have tried wearing it during a normal day. There is a simple answer to this for me……..NO WAY. I would need to clip it to a tie or collar and have a long headpiece cable flapping around getting caught on things.
If I was a lady with long hair then I would be able to clip it up out of the way but even then it would make it more awkward to adjust settings etc.
This makes much more sense for children to use full time as they often have body worn CI’s to start with any way and to able to interact at bath time and while swimming would be so useful.
The sound quality is the usual AB quality. Excellent. The mic is in the headpiece and I did wonder if that would affect sound quality but I have to say it is as good if not better than my Harmony processor. It also has this new function which allows you adjust sensitivity. It works similarly to clear voice but you can adjust it manually depending on your environment. Very useful.
Next stop the swimming pool!! I will update you all then…….wish me luck………it might sound awful!!